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Meet Amanda Holmes, Reader of Poems

Amanda Holmes has been hosting The American Scholar’s popular Read Me a Poem podcast for five years and winning the hearts of listeners as far afield as the Philippines and Brazil.

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Recommended Reading: Selections for First-Year College Students

Looking for your next great read? Curious to know what books other ΦBK members find interesting? Browse our selection of 2023’s first-year common reading choices from the Society’s 290+ chapters.

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Analytical Thinking and Clear Communication for Success

Josh Bernoff (ΦBK, Pennsylvania State University) left his doctoral program in math at MIT to become a leading author in social media studies and writing in the corporate world.

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ΦBK Secretary John Churchill’s Papers at Hendrix College

The John Hugh Churchill Collection in the Hendrix College archives joins the John Churchill Memorial Plaza and the Jean and John Churchill Endowed Scholarship for Hendrix students.

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Archaeologist’s Unveiling Memoir

Mike Wisenbaker (ΦBK, Florida State University) discusses his journey as a trained anthropologist and historian, to a Floridian archaeologist, and an underwater cave explorer.

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Art and Humanities for All

ΦBK member Gayle Cook made a transformative donation to her alma mater, Indiana University, which breathed new life into historic Maxwell Hall. It now houses the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities.

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Product and Process, with Mark Vail

Political scientist Mark Vail (ΦBK, University of Texas at Austin) discusses the love of learning that supports both a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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Reporting for Change with Kristine Lazar

Kristine Lazar (ΦBK, University of California, Berkeley) is the Emmy award-winning investigative reporter for KCAL News.

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Rita Dove Receives National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement

Rita Dove (ΦBK, Miami University) is the 36th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Writing Truth and Inspiring Change

Crystal A. deGregory (ΦBK, Fisk University) recently published her debut book, Magic and Mortal, which celebrates her journey through Black girlhood and womanhood.

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Marjorie Hass: Interdisciplinary Study and Leadership

“One of the most important things about Phi Beta Kappa is that it keeps alive the importance of the liberal arts. It is a real mark of deep commitment to high-quality learning and teaching.” —Marjorie Hass (ΦBK, Austin College), President of the Council of Independent Colleges

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Anne Tate Pearce on Finding Her Narrative

Simon & Schuster’s Deputy Director of Publicity Anne Tate Pearce (ΦΒΚ, Sewanee: The University of the South) discusses the importance of the liberal arts in her life and career.